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April 23, 2013 |
A day after a jury of six men and six women was impaneled in the Michael Jackson civil case, attorneys were scheduled Tuesday to continue questioning potential jurors to find six alternates. Jury selection began three weeks ago with potential jurors first brought to the downtown Los Angeles courtroom to determine whether they were even able to commit to a trial projected to last four months. The civil suit, filed by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and the singer's three children, accuses entertainment company AEG of negligently hiring and supervising Dr. Conrad Murray.
December 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A hotel housekeeper whose allegations of sexual assault derailed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's professional career and political ambitions agreed to settle her civil case against Strauss-Kahn on Monday, after prosecutors dropped criminal charges amid questions about the accusor's credibility. Details of the settlement, signed in a Bronx courthouse, were not released, and Strauss-Kahn was not present. The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, 33, spoke briefly to reporters outside the courthouse after the settlement was finalized.
December 7, 2012 |
The recently announced major restructuring of the civil courts of the Los Angeles Superior Court has not evoked much of a response. But the significant changes to come should be cause for distress to anyone concerned about open and equal access to justice in our society. Steep budget cuts forced the Superior Court to undergo two prior rounds of courtroom closures and employee layoffs. The latest cuts, to take effect over the next six months, include the closure of all courtrooms in 10 regional courthouses, including those in Beverly Hills and San Pedro.
November 28, 2012 |
A Florida judge said he probably will rule by the end of next week on a motion to throw out the civil suit by the family of Robert Champion, the drum major who was killed during a hazing incident involving members of Florida A&M University's famed Marching 100 band. The hazing ritual, known as "crossing over," took place last November in a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after Florida A&M played its football rival. Champion, 26, was pummeled so hard he died of hemorrhagic shock caused by blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner's report.
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February 18, 2012 |
For much of the last year, sheriff's detectives delicately and quietly investigated the case of Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt after discovering photographs of students gagged and blindfolded, some allegedly tasting his semen from a spoon. But they proceeded gingerly, desperate to prevent rumors from spreading around the campus that could taint the testimony of children. Those safeguards evaporated Jan. 31, when the charges became public and reporters and attorneys descended on the South Los Angeles school.
June 22, 2011 |
After languishing for more than two months in prison without formal charges, China's most famous dissident artist was abruptly released on bail late Wednesday. The official New China News Agency reported that Ai had been freed "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from. " The 54-year-old artist is reported to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure, although he was not known to be seriously ill. More likely the release was a belated response by Chinese authorities to the international reproach that followed Ai's arrest April 3 at the Beijing airport.